When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
Updating J.B. Priestly's noirish murder mystery from 1932 about denial among the young and fashionable is a nice idea, and should work well enough set in a hip Silicon Valley loft. But Bill English's production gets about halfway there and quits. The names, first of all -- Olwen, Mockridge, Stanton -- belong to 1932, and the lines themselves feel decorous and sensitive compared to the things people say now. Today's young and spoiled are even more frivolous, I'm afraid, than Priestly's. The actors here also try too hard to make their characters look like goofs: Instead of carefully mimicking real Silicon Valley digirati they just act foolish, which is hard to take for two full acts. Nevertheless, Priestly's unraveling of a mysterious suicide within this heavy-drinking group of friends is a minor masterpiece of revelation. Secret after secret comes out in a well-paced evening of lies and half-truths, until Priestly rewinds the action at the very end for a stylish, late jazz-age conclusion. English also served as stage designer, and built a perfect, postindustrial set, with smooth wood paneling, a plasma-screen computer, and a modern geometric chaise longue. If only his concept were as clean.
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"